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Gifford Pinchot State Park

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

The trail is mainly singletrack. One side is fairly hard pack and rocky, the other is more roots and loose soil.
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Latitude
40.245991504199026
Longitude
-76.5966796875
Trail Directions
Go in any of the day use areas at Pinchot and you'll find the lakeside trail that travels the circumference of the lake
Trail Length
10-15 if you do it right
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Dover or Rossville
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 10, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Michael ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I ride this park 2-4 times a week. I love it. I'm not quite an intermediate, but certainly no novice. the trails are wide and well maintained. Lots to see along the trail. If you take the west side, there are several stops for eco info and such. East side is a little tighter, and rockier. They never close the trails, and it can get wet, especialy on the west side by the lake. there is a small section that connects the camp area to the day-use area that sometimes has campers on it. I have never seen loose dogs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I also really like Codorus park. Which has even wider trails, with really nice stops by the lake and at the old cemetary with headstones from the 1600's.



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Review Date
October 1, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Folmar97 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Okay, I live right across the road from these trails and I almost never ride them. I only ride them to tune my bike. Most of the park is closed to bikes. There is a small network of trails that is open to bikes but is also the most popular for people walking dogs without leashes. So overall,.. if you could do the whole loop it might be worth it. What is open is too well manicured. There aren't any serious hills. If you're going to the park for the day, maybe take your bike and check things out.

Recommended Route:
Doesn't matter,..its a small network. More advanced riders,...leave and go some place else...nothing technical here.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rocky Ridge, Lake Redman, and if you feel like a bit of a drive..French Creek (it's worth it).



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Review Date
July 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: JodEYE , from New Cumberland

Summary:
Yea, they tend to close trails when it's muddy, but when it's open it has a lot to offer: a mix of easy to difficult trails. It's not too hilly and not too flat. Most trails are single track--some rocky, some not. make sure to get a map which will tell ya what's out there. Get directions: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/giff.htm

Recommended Route:
Lakeside Trail--scenic 8.5 mile trail around Pinchot Lake...can connect you to others if you don't want to commit to going around the lake.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pinchot Trail has some awesome challenges, especially if you loop up to Straight Hill--break a sweat for me ;)



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Review Date
April 26, 2001

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Vance , from Lancaster PA

Summary:
Me and some of my riding budddies headed out here for a quick afternoon ride. We rode about half the loop...which was extreamly muddy with no technical sections...and then stopped at a ranger station for a map, only to find out that this area has been closed to Mt. Bikes on all but a 2 mile paved stretch...can you say SUCK?



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